NEW YORK, NY – In their last game before the team faced off in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC), the New Jersey City University women’s soccer team earned a 0-0 draw against John Jay College this afternoon, September 22. 19 goals combined in their two previous outings on the field, but the Jersey City side this afternoon depended on their defense led by senior captains Michelle Taras (Newark, NJ/Newark East Side), Arame Diouf (Weehawken, NJ/Memorial)and first-year goaltender Lorraine Valenzuela (Bayonne, NJ/Bayonne). It was the third game in a row where the freshman goaltender kept her opponents out of the net and the defensive effort resulted in a shutout.
NJCU (3-2-3, 0-0 NJAC) got the first shot of the afternoon on a rookie breath Nyrohah Alvarenga (North Bergen, NJ/High Tech) (who led everyone on the pitch today with six shots and edged JJC 4-3 in the first half alone) but the Bloodhound keeper prevented the newcomer from scoring his sixth goal of the year with a smart stop. After Valenzuela’s first save, Alvarenga fired two more shots, including a free kick after John Jay was yellow-carded, but the rookie missed just high, keeping the game scoreless. The defense was excellent in the first half, as the backs only allowed one shot on goal in the 45 minutes of play, giving the Jersey City attack time to settle.
The second half of the action was a completely different game plan for the two teams, with both teams coming out shooting and aggressive down the pitch. As NJCU and JJC dreaded a goal, both teams doubled their combined shots, shots on goal and corner kicks in the following half. Additionally, the Gothic Knights matched the physique of the Bloodhounds as the match continued. In the first half the team committed 9 fouls conceding only four, but in the next 45 minutes the team was penalized for two yellow cards and nine fouls. Nevertheless, the defense has been sensational for the head coach Anthony Tustakeeping the Bulldogs out of the net, minimizing the Bloodhounds’ chances and giving the offense the chance to take the lead.
After half-time, the Bloodhounds (3-1-2, 0-0 CUNYAC) came out with a bang and collected four shots in the first 10 minutes of action. Valenzuela made two clutch saves and the defense prevailed from a corner, forcing a missed header into the box in the 51st minute. The team responded with a junior shot Shea Ramirez (Bogota, NJ/Immaculate Conception), Taras and a corner from the captain, but the John Jay College keeper made all the saves. Later in the half, the Jersey City side managed three more shots on goal in the 81st to 83rd minute, but again failed to find the back of the net.
With just four minutes remaining, the New York team had a great opportunity to make the first count and go forward late, but Valenzuela made an outstanding save on a header to keep the game going. equality. After a final shot from Alvarenga in the 87th minute and another save from the Bloodhounds keeper, the game would end in a 0-0 draw respectively.
Now that the team has completed its three-game roadstand, the Gothic Knights will host their New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) opener at McNulty Field against Montclair State University on Saturday, September 24 at 1:00 p.m.